Scary Hairy, igloo building, half-priced Friday Nights, and MORE! Kick off your winter break with holiday fun in Charm City!

From all of us at (cool) progeny, wishing you and yours a very merry everything.

Baltimore Family Events This Weekend, Holiday Edition

Holiday Light Show at McDaniel College
Weekend Evenings through December 31st

As part of McDaniel College’s 150th-anniversary celebration, the college hosts a drive-in light display that is synchronized to music throughout the holiday season. The inaugural Holiday Light Show is free and open to the public. (cool) progeny is a proud sponsor! MORE

A Christmas Carol
Friday, December 22 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Saturday, December 23 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Catch the holiday spirit with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. This delightfully original adaptation of the Christmas classic is a celebration of Chesapeake culture and history, and a Baltimore tradition. Miserly Scrooge and the Cratchit family live in Victorian-era Baltimore. This one-of-a-kind A Christmas Carol spreads holiday cheer and Baltimore charm. MORE

Half-Price Friday Nights
Friday, December 22 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM | National Aquarium

Get access to The National Aquarium’s award-winning exhibits and 20,000-plus animal residents for half the price of general admission during Half-Price Friday Nights, brought to you by M&T Bank. Tickets are available online or Friday evenings on-site. MORE

Santa Sing-Along on the Seitzland Express
Friday, December 22 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Steam Into History

Steam Into History presents a train ride into Christmas Past. While making the trip to Seitzland (or is it the North Pole?) you’ll hear The Night Before Christmas and songs of Christmas. Steam into History welcomes a very special guest. Santa will make a visit on the train to take pictures with children and give them a special gift. The cars are pulled by the diesel locomotive. MORE

Madagascar – a Musical Adventure
Friday, December 22 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM | Saturday, December 23 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM & 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Red Branch Theatre Company

When Alex the lion and the rest of his friends from New York’s Central Park Zoo wind up busting out of captivity, a mad-cap adventure ensues. Based on the blockbuster DreamWorks film of the same name, this high-energy stage adaptation contains all of your favorite characters as well as your favorite dance hit “Move It. Move It!” Family theatre fun is here just in time for the holidays! MORE

Cirque de la Symphonie Holiday Spectacular
Friday, December 22 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Saturday, December 23 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM & 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

The jaw-dropping magic of Cirque comes to the concert hall as the BSO musicians who dazzle you on stage are joined by acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, balancers, strongmen and high-flying aerialists from above. MORE

Lookingglass Alice
Friday, December 22 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Saturday, December 23 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Baltimore Center Stage

Fall down the rabbit hole with Alice and a cast of characters as wild as whimsy and wicked as royalty. If you’re curiouser about the other side, David Catlin’s adapted tale will send you into a tailspin of queens and pawns, riddles and mind games, madness and tea parties. MORE

Holiday Train Garden
Saturday, December 23 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | The Fire Museum of Maryland

See O-scale trains wind through a 20th-century town and pick out your favorite local landmarks. The Holiday Train Garden is included with admission to the Fire Museum. MORE

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D
Saturday, December 23 @ 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM | Sunday, December 24 @ 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM | National Aquarium

Experience a magical twist on a holiday classic this winter! After being ousted from Christmas-town because of his bright and shining nose, Rudolph sets off on a series of funny and endearing adventures—meeting new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius along the way. The Aquarium’s 4-D Immersion Theater is equipped with 4-D capabilities, which combine the high-definition drama of a 3-D film with special sensory effects that are built into the theater seats and environment. MORE

Winter Break Fun: Saturday
Saturday, December 23 @ 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Looking for fun things to do with family and friends? Don’t miss Baltimore’s best place for children and families! Join Port Discovery for a day of play and learning featuring yoga for kids, and take part in an interactive play that children become the stars of. MORE

Ho Ho Holiday Weekend
Saturday, December 23 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | PANDORA Ice Rink

Head to the PANDORA Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and tell Santa what you want for Christmas! MORE

Building Igloos
Saturday, December 23 @ 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Maryland Science Center

Using cups and creativity you can be an Arctic Architect and build your own igloo. MORE

Weekend Workers: Create an Air-Powered Rocket
Saturday, December 23 @ 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Baltimore Museum of Industry

It’s all about fun as you discover how things work. These engaging activities allow children of all ages to investigate the world around them. MORE

NatureSphere at Noon
Saturday, December 23 @ 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM | Robinson Nature Center

Explore Robinson Nature Center’s trails, Discovery Room and Nature Place, and before you leave for lunch, stay for a short, family-friendly full-dome film! The featured film will be We Are Aliens! MORE

Free Family Flicks: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Saturday, December 23 @ 1:00 PM – 2:45 PM | Enoch Pratt – Reisterstown Road Branch

A family hosts their dysfunctional relatives for the holiday as the dad contends with spontaneously combusting Christmas lights and temperamental trees while anticipating the arrival of his annual bonus. MORE

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 23 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM & 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric

Keep the holiday tradition alive when you experience the Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s (BTM’s) stunningly beautiful version of The Nutcracker at its resident home theater—The Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric. MORE

Dutch Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 23 @ 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Dutch Wonderland

Celebrate the magic of the season at Dutch Winter Wonderland with rides, entertainment, and thousands of twinkling lights select days through December 30! MORE

Scary Hairy Christmas
Sunday, December 24 @ 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM & 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM | Gordon Center for the Performing Arts

A funny Christmas musical for the whole family. Come sing, dance and laugh with Psalmy! Presented by Psalmy and the Wonderful Wolves. MORE

Mitzvah Day at Weinberg Park Heights JCC
Monday, December 25 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Weinberg Park Heights JCC

Join the Jewish Volunteer Connection at Park Heights for their signature project assembling 1,500 Winter Care Packages, as well as a large Mitzvah Room with dozens of service projects like making fleece blankets, decorating cards, and assembling PB&J sandwiches to people experiencing homelessness. Open to all ages! MORE

Mitzvah Day at Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
Monday, December 25 @ 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM | Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC

The Owings Mills JCC will have mitzvah projects that appeal to all ages! Make animal toys. Hand warmers, and pack PJs for those in need. MORE